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Posted on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 : 5:55 a.m.

"Renovation Realities" episode features Dexter couple

By Chrysta Cherrie

Dexter resident and award-winning photographer Betsy Finn and her husband Steven take center stage on the DIY Network program "Renovation Realities" on Saturday. Unlike most programs of its ilk, "Realities" goes beyond the before-and-after, turning the camera toward the unexpected issues that often crop up during do-it-yourself home improvement, like running over budget and losing one's temper.

In this edition of "Renovation Realities," Betsy's photo studio — located in the basement of the couple's home in Dexter — is a bare space, aside from some backdrops along one wall and mismatched couches along the other. The plan, according to the episode synopsis, is to "insulate the basement floor and walls, lay plywood subflooring, frame the walls, install drywall, update the electrical system, add new lighting, and lay laminate flooring" ... in five days. But the road to creating a more client-friendly space is paved with scheduling conflicts, unfamiliar tools, and other pitfalls both inside the home (Steven rupturing a tendon) and out (lightning causing a blackout).

Meet the Finns and preview the "Renovation Realities" episode in this preview, courtesy DIY Network:

To see what happens, tune in to DIY Network, where the Finn project episode of "Renovation Realities" premieres on Saturday at 9 p.m. and re-airs several times through December 20. Don't have cable? Full episodes are available on the "Realities" web site.

Can't wait? Get a sneak peek of the renovation before and after:

Chrysta Cherrie is the entertainment producer/copy editor for Reach her at or 734-623-2526, and follow her on Twitter @chrystacherrie.



Wed, Dec 2, 2009 : 11:31 a.m.

On Monday night, I saw a 25-year old lady from Brighton on one of the HGTV shows about first-time home buyers. She was trying pick between three condos in Ann Arbor.